Chinese airline Hainan Airlines will start operating direct flights linking Brussels Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, effective 28 May 2010. Although the company previously announced the addition of extra Beijing flights from Brussels, it has now chosen Shanghai as its destination in China.

The flights to Shanghai will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, thereby complementing the existing four weekly flights to Beijing operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and offering a daily flight from Belgium to China.

All flights will be operated with Airbus A330 aircraft, offering 180° flat bed seats and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system with personal touch screens. The flight will provide 36 seats in business class and 186 in economy class.

Liang Pubin, general manager for Hainan in Europe says: "The Shanghai 2010 Expo is expected to generate the largest number of visitors in the history of the World Expos. For many this will be an excellent reason to discover this charming destination. Belgium has strong ties with the city of Shanghai and the surrounding region. This new direct flight will facilitate new business between our countries, and will be very welcome to business people at both ends."

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news